National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
2 June 2018
Olympic Day through eyes of Belarusian athletes

Among thousands of people celebrating International Olympic Day 2018 there have been those, who are fully entitled to claim it a professional holiday – the Belarusian Olympic champions and medalists. 

Honored guests of the major Olympic fest blended into a crowd of fans fast: they were autographing and posing with people, spreading priceless sport experience.

It was the first time PyeongChang 2018 freestyle aerials champion Hanna Huskova attended Olympic Day.

“The first thing I would like to underscore today is that our people are pretty much sporty! Such days are indispensable to boost sport development in the country and vital for not only professionals and amateurs, but spectators as well – they come up to understanding the way athletes are training and can try out some of their techniques themselves.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic champion in biathlon relay Nadezhda Skardino is certain that seasonal boundaries erase in sport. Be it summer or winter – it is not a case you quit trainings:

“Biathlon is no longer exclusively a winter kind of sport as its summer variant is going popular. Sport is good anytime. It is my first Olympic Day, and I could not imagine it would have attracted so many people! This a splendid event, and I wish you gather more guests next year. As for young sport amateurs, be yourselves, figure out what you want to achieve and do not be scared of barriers on the way to a goal”.

Renowned Belarusian hockey player Michail Grabovski came over for Olympic Day along with elder son Jagger. While the boy’s interest was fixed on unfamiliar sports, Grabovski was speculating on significance of sport events and called on young hockey players not to lose heart in summer:

“Hockey is played both in winter and summer. For instance, though it is 35 degrees above zero in Las Vegas, the local team fights for the Stanley Cap as if nothing is wrong. If there is no ice cover, you can master shootouts straight on the ground”.

Silver medalist of London 2012 in rhythmic gymnastics Aliaksandra Narkevitch was doing utmost to demonstrate pros of her sport to the Olympic Day fest visitors:

“It makes sense to add up summer sport promotion with its winter kinds. It awesome we have so many disciplines in one place hence making it possible to turn somebody onto any sport. Here we teach children and adults, conduct performances and spread gifts in the sector of gymnastics”.

Guru of national and world freestyle aerials, head coach of four Belarusian Olympic champions and one medalist Milakai Kazeka could not help visiting Olympic Day. He congratulated the guests on holiday and stated:

“We do not divide the Olympic Movement into summer and winter sport – it is integral. I am always glad to drop in on a well-organized event and watch enthusiastic people doing sport”.

Three times Olympic swimming silver medalist Aliaksandra Herasimenia took part in celebration to support an inclusive activity vector of public association “Children. Autism. Parents”. Aliaksandra is convinced that such projects play its vital role to deliver message – children with autism have the right to show what they are able of, be a part of society. "Our project give them this opportunity. If at least 10 people with autistic disorders self-actualize and fulfil themselves in a couple of years, it will mean a success”.